Good Morning America surprises Salvage Santa with $50,000 donation

Good Morning America’s crew made a trip to Bay County with a very special surprise.
The team was highlighting the ‘Salvage Santa’ program with a donation, while also hoping to remind America that the Panhandle is still in need.
ABC’s Chief Meteorologist, Ginger Zee, rode out Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, and said she’s happy to be back in the community.
“I was in Katrina, I was able to cover Sandy. I could go down the list,” she said. “But this one for some reason, and meteorologically it’s so impressive — it’s the worst since Camille and all these numbers and names…but the people is what stuck to me.”
The GMA team was recognizing just one of those people, Bay District School’s Chief Security Officer, Mike Jones.
For nearly 40 years, Jones has also provided toys to thousands of kids in Bay County as Salvage Santa.
“They said ‘why do you want to be a cop?!’ I said I want to help people, and I think for 39 years of Salvage Santa and 40 years in law enforcement, that’s exactly what I’ve done,” he said.
With the help of GMA’s sponsor, SAP, they donated $50,000 dollars in toys to Salvage Santa.
“This put the icing on the cake…SAP, I love them this is amazing,” he said.
Jones said donation will help him fill the void Hurricane Michael left behind.

“More people are going to show up, but people that signed up, said ‘we’re coming because we need help’…over 10,000 families.”
Jones said with the response of the donations, the children to receive the toys may expand beyond  Bay County.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Local News Video

Destin Waterspout Damage

Destin Harborwalk Village Damage

Trump boat parade

Destin sees beach erosion

Friday Night Fever: Gadsden County crushes Marianna

Friday Night Fever: Dolphins beat Knights

More Local News

Golf Pass